Adam Zagajewski, a contemporary Polish poet, writes with a rare power. His work possesses a memorable simplicity that carries a distinct undertow of unease and complexity. He is a modern writer who finds he cannot identify with modernism or postmodernism, but who also knows that there can be no return to the old certainties or the lofty poetic style that accompanied them. In his poems we constantly encounter people who are lost in cities or trudging desperately between them: outsiders and refugees.

How can there be so much unmitigated pain, loss and alienation?

Zagajewski – whose family ...


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